Re: Pulling Ranks
Rodger Morris (rodger@FISHNET.NET)
Sat, 14 Oct 1995 20:48:08 GMT
Mark Michalski said:
>Just noticed in a old Scout Handbook from the '50's that there was
>mention that any badge that a Scout earns could be pulled from him
>for what could be called conduct unbecoming a scout (breaking the
>oath or one of the laws).
If I remember the first point of the Scout Law from my tenure as a
Scout in the 1962-1965 timeframe correctly, it said:
"A Scout honor is to be trusted. If he were to violate his oath by
lying, by cheating, or by not doing exactly a given task when trusted
to do so on his honor as a Scout, he may be directed to hand over his
I remember reading at one time that there was another phrase tacked
onto the end of this that said, "...and to cease to be a Scout."
Alas, I do not know of my own knowledge if this is true.
Disclaimer: I'm going by memory here, and memory is a fragile thing.
However, if this is not an exact quote, it's probably a pretty close
paraphrase of the actual quote.
In 24 years as a Scouter, I've found it neither necessary nor desirable
to rescind a Scout's rank. Indeed, I cannot imagine wanting to rescind
a Scout rank, but Ted Bundy's case may be "the exception that proves
Yours in Scouting,
Rodger Morris <email@example.com>
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 852, Camarillo, CA
Ventura County Council, Boy Scouts of America
National Woodbadge 416-18, Philmont, 1973
"I used to be a Beaver..."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City